Eating Light – Light on Calories, Not on Flavor

Eating Light Magazine Book Spring 2012

I like to eat.  A lot.  Some might say I even over indulge.  That may be.  I don’t always eat unhealthy, though and I‘m always looking for ways to make my everyday meals more waistline friendly.

Hearst Publishers, the folks that bring us magazines we all know and love, has compiled a collection of low calorie recipes in this book titled Eating Light,  All of the recipes are under 400 calories.  The recipes came from well-known publications like Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Redbook, and Woman's Day.  How awesome is that?  There were recipes that looked and sounded really good, too.    Like Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns  that used butter and pecans and sugar and replaced the dough with lowfat biscuits.  I’d try it. 

Or how about Huevos Rancheros or Spinach Quiche that cut 23 grams of fat from the recipe.  Um, excuse me?  CUT 23 grams of fat?  Holy moly!  There’s even a knockoff Mocha Frappe that cuts 165 calories.  While that doesn’t seem like that big of a savings, when compared to other recipes, the average person has to walk 1 ½ miles to burn those calories off. 

Eating Light Mac n Cheese

The Eating Light bookazine – I’m not sure what to call it, it’s like one of those Special Editions they have at the checkout at the store – is divided into sections.  These sections include Breakfasts, Lunch, Happy Hour (featuring appetizers! YAY!!), Dinner, and Dessert.  This Mac N Cheese recipe sounds really good!

16 tiny ways to cut calories

One of the other features or Eating Light that I thought was really fantastic was the swaps to make.  You could have a large blizzard at Dairy Queen (1140 cals) or 4 DQ Small Hot Fudge Sundaes (300 cal each.)  Or have one Chocolate Chip muffin at Dunkin; Donuts (610 cals) vs. 6 Deep Chocolate Vita muffins (100 cals each.)  It’s a little shocking, to say the least. 

In the same vein, there’s a list of  16 Tiny Ways to Revamp your Diet.  They’re small changes that save you at least 50 calories each.  Some are great – like swapping regular tortilla chips and guacamole for baked tortilla chips and salsa.  Or swapping 6 Hershey Kisses for 15 chocolate chips.  But changing fries for a baked potato?  That’s not really the same! 

If you're looking for a way to cut some calories, but not the flavor, check this Eating Light bookazine out!


  1. Sarah L says

    I'd rather have the baked potato most of the time.  I indulge in fries every other month or so. I'll just put some salsa on an avocado slice.

  2. Kathryn C. says

    I have really been trying to cut my calories lately and take off a few pounds.  This is great information. Thanks!

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